The University of Pennsylvania recently celebrated the completion of one of its most successful fundraising projects in history when Penn Medicine Washington Square opened on Thursday. The new facility is 153,000 square feet and located in Center City Philadelphia. It was designed with environmentalism in mind, which is evidenced by the greenery growing on the building’s roof. The building will serve as an outpatient care facility for Pennsylvania Hospital.
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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have made a groundbreaking contribution to life science research: Researchers helped a mouse heart to beat again after its own cells were replaced with human heart precursor cells, marking the first time this has ever been done. According to a University of Pittsburgh news article, the researchers say it may soon be possible to take a skin biopsy from a human patient to regenerate an organ able to be transplanted.
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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a way to mimic the biological responses of animals such as octopi or cuttlefish, which change their shape in the face of danger, by eliciting a biomimetic response using hydrogels. Hydrogels are used in most contact lenses and microfluidic or fluid-controlled technologies already, but the University of Pittsburgh researchers were able to redesign them to be reconfigured and controlled by light in a self-sustained movement. The study was recently published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
A new study at the University of Pennsylvania, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has had researchers develop a variant of the mu opioid receptor that is water-soluble and can be grown in large quantities in bacteria. When the mu opiod receptor binds with opioid molecules, a strong reduction in the sensation of pain occurs. Unfortunately, fatal side effects can occur. According to a University of Pennsylvania news article, researchers at the university sought to address this issue by identifying the hydrophobic amino acids on the exterior of a structured model of the protein.
Science researchers at the University of Pittsburgh recently published a study that found that patients suffering from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – had misconceptions about sleep similar to those of insomniacs that prevent them from sleeping soundly at night. According to a University of Pittsburgh news article, the paper was titled “The Role of Beliefs and Attitudes About Sleep in Seasonal and Nonseasonal Mood Disorder, and Nondepressed Controls” and was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders this May.
Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University have discovered a gene that has a powerful effect on the development of breast cancer tumors in mice. The gene EYA1 was proved to be overexpressed in luminal B, a genetic breast cancer subtype. The researchers also found that too much activity in EYA1 increases the presence of breast cancer stem cells that allow the body to resist cancer therapy and lead to a low survival rate.
Drexel University in Philadelphia recently created an entrepreneurship incubator that aims to fund and seed investment in companies ready to move into the market. According to MedCity News, the incubator will support medical and biotech startups along with a more diverse portfolio of startups.
University of Pennsylvania science researchers Jason Burdick and Robert Mauk recently published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that sheds light on mesenchymal stem cells, a sort of adult stem cell located in bone marrow that is able to turn into fat, bone or cartilage cells.
A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has findings that suggest a new way ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, can help treat patients with shock and cardiac arrest. ECMO has been used in the past during cardiac surgeries as a way to replace patients’ heart and lung function. According to Health Canal, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made a breakthrough in using this intervention to save the lives of patients who are unable to be resuscitated.
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